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9:25 AM ET, December 13, 2012

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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Corker introduces bill trading nearly $1T in entitlement cuts for debt-ceiling hike  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill Wednesday to trade nearly $1 trillion in entitlement savings for an equal hike in the debt ceiling.  —  Corker said the Dollar For Dollar Act would include $937 billion …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Can't Propose Spending Cuts  —  Math is hard.  —  “Where are the president's spending cuts?” asks John Boehner.  With Republicans coming to grips with their inability to stop taxes on the rich from rising, the center of the debate has turned to the expenditure side.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Fixing the tax code at the cliff's edge  —  If you have worked hard for five decades, made pots of money and now want to squander it all in Las Vegas on wine, women and baccarat, go ahead.  If, however, you harbor the antisocial desire — stigmatized as such by America's judgmental tax code …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public wants compromise to avoid fiscal cliff  —  Fiscal cliff talks have stalled as ‘serious differences’ remain between both parties - and according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll the public wants an agreement, soon.  Although both sides are still discussing ways to avoid the fiscal cliff …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Washington Post and CNN
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Dana Bash / CNN:
Dem. source: GOP calling for permanent extension of cuts for wealthiest 2%  —  Washington (CNN) - One of the reasons Tuesday night's conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner did not go well was because the GOP House speaker sent the White House a fiscal cliff proposal calling …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Amash: Boehner won't receive ‘much welcome’ in my district
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Two-thirds support balanced deficit deal
Discussion: CBS Minnesota
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Van Hollen: Boehner May Be Waiting Till After He's Re-Elected Speaker To Cut Budget Deal
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Reuters:
Insight: How Republicans engineered a blow to Michigan's powerful unions  —  (Reuters) - As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his penchant for data analysis and “systematic approach” to his new job in early 2011: a Michigan state senator, recently elected and keen to create jobs in the faded industrial powerhouse.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Washington Post:
Groups vow to push ‘right to work’ in other states  —  LANSING, Mich. — The conservative groups that supported Michigan's new “right to work” law — winning a stunning victory over unions, even in the heart of American labor — vowed Wednesday to replicate that success elsewhere.
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Republican Bait-and-Switch  —  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder opens …
David Weigel / Slate:
Rick Snyder Didn't Want to Sign Right-to-Work Legislation Until He Signed It
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Standing and Delivering  —  Is it heretical of me, or merely quirky, to find myself nearly as fascinated by the procedural game the Supreme Court is playing in the same-sex marriage cases as I am by the underlying merits of the two appeals the court has agreed to decide?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Scalia blocks the aisle against gay marriage
Aaron / Senate Democrats:
Committee Assignments For 113th Congress Approved By Democratic Steering Committee … Reid: Assignments “Will Allow All Members Of Our Caucus To Bring Their Unique Talents And Expertise To Bear As We Work Together To Advance The Interests Of The Middle Class.”
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Powerful committee seats rewarded to Dems who survived tough races
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Pollster: Republicans Have ‘Run Out Of’ White Voters  —  Republicans need to dramatically improve their standing with Latino voters or risk becoming a “regional party” of disaffected whites, according to a study released Wednesday by a GOP pollster.  —  “Republicans have run …
Discussion: Mediaite and Crooked Timber
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Polling Analysis / Resurgent Republic:
The Hispanic Challenge and Opportunity for Republicans
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
A new play, an old problem of media bias  —  Roger L. Simon, former Hollywood screenwriter and now CEO of the conservative PJ Media, and his wife, Sheryl Longin, have written a new play with an unlikely subject, the journalist fraud perpetrated by Walter Duranty of the New York Times …
Discussion: alicublog and The PJ Tatler
U.S. Census Bureau News:
U.S. Census Bureau Projections Show a Slower Growing, Older, More Diverse Nation a Half Century from Now  —  The U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Loud-Ass TV Ads Are About to Be Outlawed  —  Listen up, TV advertisers: Big Brother is muting you!  Well, not entirely.  But beginning at midnight tonight, new Federal Communications Commission rules will bar television networks from blasting viewers with those excessively loud, screamy commercial breaks.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Joe Lieberman's sad send-off  —  It was a lonely farewell for Joe Lieberman.  —  When the senior senator from Connecticut stood to give his parting address Wednesday afternoon, just one of his colleagues, Delaware Democrat Tom Carper, was with him on the Senate floor.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in October suggests that economic activity and employment have continued to expand at a moderate pace in recent months, apart from weather-related disruptions.  Although the unemployment rate …
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Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Huge news out of the Federal Reserve
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
GOV'T ARRESTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT SENATE INTERN  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned.
Will Sommer / City Desk:
Rep. Jim Moran's Son Guilty of Beating Up His Girlfriend in Columbia Heights  —  Update, 4:30 p.m.: Rep. Moran says his son's incident was an accident, and Patrick Moran's girlfriend blames her injuries on a broken high heel.  —  Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, is having a bad year.
Max Read / Gawker:
Do We Really Have to Condemn the Union Protestor Who Punched Fox News Comedian Steven Crowder?  —  Good, serious progressives are supposed to condemn violence as a political tactic, because it's wrong and in many cases counterproductive.  But do we really need to condemn the union protestor …
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Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
RPT-Right to work law may put Michigan back on the business map
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Wall Street Journal:
Prescott and Ohanian: Taxes Are Much Higher Than You Think
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie, One of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012
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Politico:
Joe L. Allbritton dies at 87
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Guardian:
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J.D. Tuccille / Hit & Run:
When Right-To-Work Is Wrong and Un-Libertarian
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Walker says ending same-day registration too costly
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